Daily links Sept. 29: Respecting life, the environment, and other religions

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We're on the verge of October, which means pumpkins, fall colors, and Respect Life Month are just around the corner. David Gibson from Religion News Service comments on the conspicuous absence of any mention of the death penalty in this statement by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of the USCCB about Respect Life Month.

Last month, we alerted you to interfaith protests of the Keystone XL pipeline taking place at the White House. The issue has taken on a new sense of urgency as the debate continues: is the pipeline in the national interest?

Does your religion affect how patriotic you are? Christianity Today suggests that there is a relationship between your faith and your views toward America.

And, yesterday at sundown marked the beginning of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Read about the importance of this holiday to one Catholic. If you want to know more about the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, be sure to watch this video from the acapella group the Maccabeats.